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Published March 12, 2024

The Ultimate Philadelphia Spring Bucket List

Shed your coat and kiss those winter blues goodbye—spring is (finally) here! 🌷

by Philadelphia Bucket List

 

We made it through another winter, and it's all warmer weather and longer days from here! The arrival of spring in Philadelphia brings a special energy to the city, with blooming flowers, sunny days, and a range of exciting events and activities. From strolling through the city's picturesque parks and gardens to welcoming the Phillies back to Citizens Bank Park, there's no shortage of things to do in Philly this spring.

To make things easy, we've rounded up some of the best activities and events to check off your Philadelphia bucket list this spring!

The Best Things to Do in Philadelphia This Spring

See the Spring Blooms At Longwood Gardens

Explore acres and acres of tulips, daffodils, azaleas, cherry blossom trees, and more at Longwood's spring gardens, returning March 30! It’s peak bloom season, and Longwood Gardens is the perfect place to take in the fresh air and admire the colorful palette of flowers blossoming before your eyes.

Pro-tip: Beginning April 13, the fountains spring to life, so you can enjoy all the beautiful blooms alongside the refreshing sights and sounds of water in the gardens.

Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
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Go to the Phillies' Home Opener at Citizens Bank Park

There’s never an off-season when it comes to sports in Philly, but Spring signifies the start of baseball season. The Phillies are back on March 28 with a home game against the Braves. Head to Citizens Bank Park and root, root, root for the home team—preferably with some Chickie's and Pete's Crabfries and a cheesesteak in hand. Go Phils!

Where: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA
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Run or Walk Along The Ben Franklin Pedestrian Walkway

Running is always a little more tolerable when there’s a pretty view involved, and the Ben Franklin Pedestrian Walkway offers a scenic route spanning between Philadelphia and Camden. With spring weather in full force, runners, walkers, and cyclists can take advantage of this walkway, designed with exercising outside in mind.

Where: Philadelphia entrance: 5th and Race streets
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Go Roller Skating at Dilworth Park

The Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park will be open for outdoor roller skating again this spring! The colorful, retro-inspired rink features a vibrant checkerboard floor and a brand-new art installation overhead. The Aire Grill Garden is nearby, where you can fuel up with roller rink-inspired snacks or kick back with a refreshing beer or cocktail. It might just be the funnest way to spend a spring afternoon.

Where: Dilworth Park: 1 S 15th St (West Side of City Hall), Philadelphia, PA
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Brew Up Cocktail "Potions" at The Cauldron

The Cauldron is a wizard-themed bar and restaurant that hosts a number of fun and magical events. Try a Potion Mixology Class, where you'll start with a bubbling shot and one welcome drink poured from a magic wand. Then, brew two molecular cocktails or non-alcoholic "potions" using a magic wand provided by The Cauldron!

Where: The Cauldron Philly: 1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA
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Attend the Philadelphia Show

Check out the Philadelphia Show at the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a cool lineup of antiques, art, and design from top dealers across the US. Explore the world of collecting with talks, tours, or even a treasure hunt. The event runs from April 26 through the 28.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Take a Bike Ride Along Kelly Drive

The sun is out, and the days are longer, so there’s no excuse not to get outside and enjoy everything this season has to offer. Head to Kelly Drive and take in views of the Schuylkill River and the blooming cherry blossom trees. Gear up for a bike ride, jog, or walk while taking in the sights and reminding yourself that winter is a mere faded memory.

Where: 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA
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Explore Otherworld

Have you been to Otherworld yet? This immersive space lets you escape reality and explore countless rooms of large-scale interactive art, mixed-reality playgrounds, and secret passageways in a surreal landscape of science fiction and fantasy.

Where: 2500 Grant Ave #1, Philadelphia, PA
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Attend a Boozy Drag Brunch

This spring, you can sashay your way into the most fabulous brunch that Philly has to offer! Come eat, drink, and immerse yourself in a spectacle of glitz, glamour, and jaw-dropping performances every Sunday at Fabrika for Drag Brunches featuring the best Queens in the industry, along with frequent guest hosts.

Where: Fabrika: 1108 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
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See the PEEPS Display at Peddler's Village

PEEPS are a surprisingly controversial confection, but one thing is for sure—they're the quintessential spring sweet. Peddler’s Village is hosting the 5th Annual PEEPS in the Village event, running from March 11 through April 14 (excluding Easter Sunday). Visitors can admire and vote on marshmallow masterpieces crafted by regional residents, showcasing colorful bunnies and chicks in creative settings. Admission is free, with donations to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia encouraged.

Where: Visitor & Event Center (Red Barn off Street Road and Peddler’s Lane, Shop #25)
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Attend The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

Don't miss Philly's largest block party at the Italian Market Festival! Explore seven blocks of culture, cuisine, art, music, and family fun, featuring over 100 vendors offering a variety of culinary delights, as well as music, souvenirs, jewelry, and crafts. Happening May 18 and 19, rain or shine!

Where: South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Attend the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival originated in an attempt to plant more trees within the city and admire the gorgeous cherry blossom trees that bloom every spring. Learn about Japanese history through performances, crafts, sushi-making workshops, flower arranging, and more!

The festival's centerpiece event, Sakura Weekend, will take place on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14 at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center and the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Where: Various locations throughout Philadelphia
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Have Dinner and Drinks on a Rooftop

Why have dinner inside when you can have it on a rooftop? Now that temperatures are hitting that sweet spot between not too hot and not too cold, it’s the perfect time to book a dinner reservation with a view—and Philly has options. For a lineup of all the best places, check out our guide to the best rooftops in Philly.

Where: Various locations
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Catch a Show During Philly Theatre Week

Philly Theatre Week is back and will kick off on April 4 and run through April 14. Celebrate the artists, organizations, and audiences that make the greater Philadelphia area one of the most vibrant theatre regions in the nation through a series of productions, readings, interactive events, and more. This year, you can experience over 50 events with Pay-What-You-Can tickets!

Where: Various locations. Check the schedule for details.
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Attend the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is Philly’s most upscale street festival. On May 5, from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm, you can swing by for street cafes, a local artist showcase, a fashion show, live music, family fun, and much more.

Where: Walnut Street and all around Rittenhouse Square.
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